Basketball player Eddie Griffin recently had a car accident, and it was said
that the reason he had an accident is because he wasn't paying attention. That's
how most accidents happen anyway. Someone takes their eyes off the road, picks
up the cell phone, and next thing you know your Camry is wrapped around a telephone
pole. Eddie Griffin's accident did not happen because he was texting somebody.
It happened because he was masturbating to a porno off one of the TV's in his
car. I know driving can get boring. I don't like being stuck in traffic, but
it's inevitable. Eventually you are going to hit a red light. When I'm sitting
there in traffic, sometimes I look at the other cars on the road, maybe change
CD's, or maybe check the Sidekick. Whipping out my crank just never crossed
my mind. I never thought sitting on the Parkway at 5:30 would be a good time
to roll up the windows and throw on a dope porno. Apparently Eddie never listened
to that advice "there is a time and place for everything." I used
to get that all the time, usually from telling poop jokes during Thanksgiving
dinner in front of the relatives and things of that nature, never from whipping
out my crank because I felt it was a good time to do so. And who wants to ride
with Eddie Griffin now? "Thanks Eddie, I think I'll just walk." "No,
don't be silly KG, just throw that Costco-sized bottle of lotion in the back.
Sorry for all those socks on the floor, feel free to step on them." Or
feel free not to.
At what point do
dudes know way too much about clothes and shoes and talk about shopping all
the time and it stops being cool?
DMX really needs: a caffeinated vodka. The brand is p.i.n.k. and apparently
the X-Man is loving it. Here's a clip from the press release:
July 12, DMX appeared on BET's hit show, 106 & Park with something strange
in his hand. As he walked on stage, people were trying to figure out why this
tattooed-covered rapper in black attire with bling around his neck was carrying
something pink! He held this object up above his head and shouted to his fans,
"I'm excited about my vodka!" BET immediately cut him off-something
about "being responsible"-but that didn't stop the renowned rapper
from drinking his favorite new beverage-caffeine-infused p.i.n.k. vodka-straight
from the bottle.
Back in his dressing
room, DMX was mingling with David Mandell, the founder and CEO of p.i.n.k. DMX
loved the product so much that he invited Mandell to come with his crew for
some soul food at Copelands in Harlem. According to Mandell it was a "surreal
experience." Although DMX is not well-known for his obscene dressing room
requests (like say, Mariah Carey), you can be sure he is going to stock his
room with p.i.n.k. from now on.
I'm sure it was
a "surreal" experience. I think every moment with DMX is a "surreal"
experience. And does DMX really need caffeine right now? I don't even think
Florida would give him a driver's license at this point. All the world needs
right now is a drunk, hyper DMX. I can think of some good things for DMX, like
water, a chauffeur and maybe a couple dogs. I can also think of some bad things
for DMX, like cars without chauffeurs, caffeine and alcohol. It's even worse
to combine two of those three items. All this talk about DMX has got to make
you ask if his management is concerned even just a little bit or if they really
just don't give a fuck and stock DMX's car with as much p.i.n.k. as he wants.
The Source finally
came out. It seems like it was definitely longer than a month. Anyways, it's
their 200th issue, so it's only right to give them their props. Even though
they aren't there anymore, shout out to Benzino and Dave Mays for what they
did. All people seem to want to remember is their beef with Eminem and Benzino's
ill-advised voicemails, but they really paved the way for serious hip-hop journalism
and created an outlet where hip-hop can have regular coverage instead of an
article on grills every couple of months in the New York Post.
Anyways, the issue
itself left some things to be desired. First, there was a lot of patting themselves
on the back, which they should do, except it felt like they were trying to convince
us they were dope instead of letting the facts speak for themselves. Regardless
of what the majority of people think about The Source, it still is The Source.
You don't have to overdo it.
Secondly, the section
with Little Brother talking about some of the great but forgotten albums left
one thing to be desired. How can they run 9th Wonder saying "I never heard
this album. I'm more familiar with their first album Kill My Landlord which
had the song "Dig It" when talking about The Coup's Genocide and Juice?
Why would The Source run that album if 9th's not even familiar with it? Who
chose that album, The Source or LB? And then there was Phonte's quote about
Poison Clan's Two Low Life Muthas, which was "That was the album with JT
Money right? I don't remember anything off this record. I know it was a booty
record and the production was tight." How can that be one of Little Brother's
choices for overlooked albums if Phonte can't remember one song off the album?
The Source made Little Brother look bad here because I'm pretty sure those guys
know their hip-hop and I'm pretty sure they could have come up with some in-depth
explanations for 35 albums. Regardless of that, it's dope that a big mag actually
gave some love to some of the best albums ever.
The only other
thing that really bothered me was how dated the reviews and Microphone Check
sections were. The lead review was Mobb Deep. It's hard to run that in July.
Also it's a little late for a Gnarls Barkley Mic Check section, but whatever.
The Source still gets props for being The Source. And this is besides the point,
but how many press pictures did Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse take for Gnarls Barkley?
They were probably the kids in school who started planning their Halloween costumes
in August and started dressing up for Halloween in mid-October.
In an interview
with AllHipHop, Jamie Kennedy talked about how white people who don't like him
don't like him because they're afraid of what black people will think. I really
don't think it's that as much as it is that the material is just not that funny.
I don't know about anyone else, but I can only listen to about half of one of
those corny jokey-type hip-hop songs by non-rappers before losing my mind. And
that definitely does not include Will Smith or Biz Markie because those guys
are funny and talented at the same time.
And a lot of people
may just look at my feelings on Jamie Kennedy's rapping as being against white
rappers in general. I understand that because there's a lot of self-hate in
rap by white folks. I spoke with Ill Bill about it because I had seen some of
it going on, and he was like, "Bro, that's just some white-on-white crime."
It is there. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about, and if you
haven't seen it, try to look for it. But anyway, I could give two fucks about
Jamie Kennedy's skin color. No matter what color anybody is, wack is wack and
dope is dope.
And I'm definitely
mad about Non-Phixion breaking up.
Gillie the Kid
has been making a lot of headlines recently as being Lil' Wayne's ghostwriter.
Gillie the Kid has history in the game and he has a good story, but here's the
big question: Are any of us surprised that Lil' Wayne has a ghostwriter? I know
he has a lot of fans who swear by everything he says, but he's just not that
dope to me.
Poison Pen did
a good job talking about how to present your music in his third journal entry.
I think I need to elaborate on that even a little more. When you send out a
CD to HipHopGame, you really should put your email address on the CD itself.
I can't tell you how many CD's I've gotten with nothing but "HipHopGame"
written on the CD. There may be contact information on a post-it note somewhere
else inside the mailer, but there is a chance it may get lost. And if by chance
that yellow post-it note gets lost, there goes any chance of getting on HipHopGame.
And please use a case or some sort of protective covering for your CD. I got
one CD awhile ago that was just thrown in the mailer with no contact information
and no case. I guess it should be no surprise to anyone that there was one freestyle
on the CD that didn't last longer than a minute But please, help yourself
out as much as possible when sending out your music. Presentation really does
Is Lupe Fiasco
going to be the next rapper to say, "I almost broke down and got a nine-to-five
because I had more press than Soundscan"?
It was reported
around the internet after my interview with Kayslay that he was beefing with
Drama. I guess the "This is in no disrespect to Drama" just wasn't
seen. It is a journalist's job to make something out of nothing on a slow day,
but there is also some base level of responsibility that's got to be recognized
at the same time.
Some great news
that just happened is ESPN's Peter Gammons was released from a Boston hospital.
I look up to Peter Gammons way more than any hip-hop journalist and I'm hoping
he can stay healthy. I'm copping his album too.